Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday #29: The Last Day

Hello.  So I've been a teensy bit quiet this past week of Blogmas.  It's been busy trying to get things done before holiday, preparing for my time away, and work functions.  I have a work holiday party to attend tonight and then I'm flying to Chicago tomorrow!  I'm feeling slightly under the weather, too, so I'm resting and having some ginger lemon tea before the party.


Our lab, in collaboration with other researchers, attended a cancer workshop led by my advisor bright and early on Saturday morning.  Afterwards, a few of us decided to go to the UCLA campus to take some photos.  What ended up happening was my friends directing me to stand in certain spots and pose.  I don't think I've ever had so many pictures of me taken, all without a stitch of makeup (see below, photo by S. Peng).  I do think it's important to accept and like myself for what I look like without cosmetics.  Amidst pretending to be a celebrity accosted by paparazzi, I got a shot of my companions through some tall grass in the city. 


We recently watched Everest, the 2015 movie based on the 1996 disaster.  Since then, I've watched the movie again and done a lot of Internet reading on the incident as well as extreme mountaineering.  I am intrigued by extreme sports performed in places that are inhospitable to human life.  I also like living vicariously through people more sportif than myself.  My day long hike through the Sierras is as far as I will go.  I picked up memoirs by two survivors of the 1996 incident: Into The Air by Jon Krakauer and Above the Clouds by Anatoli Boukreev.  I meant to save them for the holiday, but I'm almost done with Into The Air.

Aside from work and reading about mountaineering, I didn't get up to a lot this week.  I've got to get on packing for my flight and cleaning up things around the house so I'll wrap up here.  Lumière & Lens will return to regularly scheduled programming this coming week!  I'll be talking to y'all when I'm settled in for Christmas in Chicago!

What did you get up to this week? 


  1. I watched Everest when it first came out, it's actually horrifying! I was reading up about it afterwards where climbing Everest (or any mountineering like that) is effectively a battle between how fast you can climb up and down before you die. I have clearly butchered it. Have you searched for all those frozen bodies up on Everest and how some people use them as markers for the path?

    on that note... have a great Christmas!

    nat // dignifiable

  2. aw looks like a fun photoshoot session, alyse! i think it's lovely that you feel good without makeup. it's an amazing feeling indeed :D can't wait to hear your stories in chicago!

    (((i cried watching everest omg what a sap. i think you'll love point break (2015). it's a shitty movie but the outdoor sports shots are amazing)))

  3. I've read Jon Krakauer' Into Thin Air which is also about his climb to Everest in 1996
    is it by any chance the same book?

    I'm not much of a sportier either! a class in the gym is as far as I'd go
    and maybe a little hiking once a year

    you look gorge without any make up on tho :)

    The Sweetest Escape

  4. I haven't watched Everest but now I'm very intrigued. Also, love those two photos of you and your friends. Makes me want to have a photoshoot kind of day :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. Hope you have a great time in Chicago, it must be so cold there now!

    I haven't watched Everest but I like the sound of the story line. Reminds me of the film 'Touching The Void' you might like that as well.

    Hanh | hanhabelle

  6. You look great! Love the shots. Ahh I can't handle any of these extreme sports films (anything that's 'based on real events' resulting in people dying) because I get too traumatised - realise it's a bit dramatic but hah. I didn't do much last week/won't be doing much this week (except work sigh) until Christmas comes but we're so close to the holidays now!

    Enjoy Chicago! Can't wait to see photos :)

  7. looks like you had a lot of fun there! Have a great Christmas time :)